April 28-May 1, 2011: Orlando, Fl. Abraham Zlatin, O.D. attended the Orthokeratology Academy of America educational conference. The OAA is an international organization of orthokeratologists who provide a nonsurgical alternative to refractive surgery for nearsighted eyes, astigmatism and hyperopia. Current research also shows that Ortho-K can slow myopic progression in children. The keynote address was given by Melbourne Hovell, Ph.D., M.P.H.-Graduate School of Public Health in San Diego-Myopia as a Public Health Concern. The international faculty of presenters covered topics including myopia control (including soft lens technology), corneal reshaping research, safety of corneal reshaping, progressive/hyperopic Ortho-K lens designs, new corneal reshaping technologies, post Lasik/ Keratoconus Ortho-K designs, lens designs for corneal rehabilitation, corneal cross-linking and Ortho-K in China.
President Dr. Cary Herzberg had the pleasure of announcing the inception of the new International Academy of Orthokeratology(IAO). The IAO brings together ortho-K organizations from the America (OAA) as well and Europe and Asia. This international organization will support, promote and advance corneal reshaping worldwide thru quality education and research presentations at meetings held around the world. The first meetings are planned for Europe (Fall 2011), China (March 2012) and Phoenix(April 2012). For more information about Ortho-K go to www.Eyeqdr.com